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Top 5 2021 hoops recruit Paolo Banchero leaves U-M off top list

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On to the next one.

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As first reported by 247Sports’ Evan Daniels, 2021 five-star forward Paolo Banchero has named his final six schools in his recruitment. Unfortunately, Michigan is not one of them.

The final six schools for the 6-foot-9, 235-pounder from Seattle include Duke, Kentucky, Gonzaga, Washington, Arizona and Tennessee.

For Juwan Howard and the Wolverines, this is 100 percent for the best. With Banchero officially crossing Michigan off his list, this gives Howard and company the opportunity to move immediately to the next target on their list. Even Banchero said as much, and it was apparently a reason he decided to narrow down his list.

“I just wanted to focus in on these six and not waste the other schools times. They got other players to recruit and use resources on so wanted to cut down to these six,” he told 247Sports.

Honestly, this was really refreshing to hear from a top ranked recruit. Typically, these kids don’t think about that stuff and just drag out their recruitment as long as possible — something Michigan is quite familiar with that after the latest recruiting cycle.

Howard can now move on to the other top forwards on their board — five-stars Jonathan Kuminga and Moussa Diabate, the only other forwards they have offered who are uncommitted. Just like with the guard position when Pierre Brooks committed to MSU, I would expect more offers to go out to forwards in the coming weeks.

The Wolverines currently do not have any players committed to their 2021 class.